Adam MacDonald

ITV Studios’ Possessed hires Sky & Warner Bros. alums

ITV Studios label Possessed has hired former Sky One director Adam MacDonald as chair and Warner Bros. alum Lesley Davies. MacDonald will become the label’s first chair and work with founder Glenn Hugill to shape the strategic and creative future of the label. He was previously director of Sky One and Sky Living for five […]

Sky bags Moomins reboot

UK satcaster Sky has boarded the upcoming reboot of Tove Jansson’s kids property Moomins. Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland will broadcast Moominvalley, marking one of the largest investments in kids TV for Fox-backed pay TV service Sky. Moominvalley comes from Gutsy Productions, a Finnish production house that acquired a multi-year licence to produced […]

Sky brings Jamie Vardy football doc to flagship net

Sky 1 is set to broadcast fly-on-the-wall doc The Next Jamie Vardy in September. Beginning on 16 September, the series will take a look behind Vardy’s V9 Academy. It will follow the footballer as he seeks to discover new talent from non-league football. The six-part series will also reflect back on Vardy’s time playing in […]

Sky, Amazon team to form Roman Army drama

European satcaster Sky and Amazon Prime Video in the US are to coproduce a big-budget drama focusing on the Roman Imperial Army. The pair have enlisted Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) to pen Britannia, which will be set in AD43 and run to ten episodes. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland on […]

Vice CEO to keynote Edinburgh TV Festival

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. The keynote is traditionally a significant event in the UK television calendar, and has been delivered in the past by the likes of Ted Turner, Peter Bazalgette, Rupert Murdoch, Kevin Spacey and, last […]

Sky1 weds with Bride after BBC divorce

Satellite channel Sky1 has acquired UK rights to wedding format Don’t Tell the Bride, after previous broadcaster the BBC decided to dump it ahead of BBC Three’s move to a digital-only brand. Sky-owned general entertainment channel Sky 1 has ordered two seasons, comprising 24 episodes. Warner Bros. Television Production-UK owned Renegade will produce. The format, […]

Sky picks up another US superhero series

UK satcaster Sky has acquired DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for its flagship Sky 1 channel. The series, which was first presented to international buyers at this year’s LA Screenings, will launch on The CW in the US and on Sky 1 in 2016. Sky has stocked up on superhero drama and the show will sit alongside […]

Sky rejigs programming team

Sky has installed a new head of comedy and rejigged its senior programming team across Sky 1 and Sky Living. Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald has been given a wider role, and will now also run female-skewed entertainment channel Sky Living. The change sees former Living boss Julia Barry move to new role in Sky’s […]

Supergirl flying onto Sky

Sky in the UK has acquired US superhero series Supergirl for its flagship entertainment channel Sky 1. The series will launch in the UK on October 29 (Thursday) in an 8pm slot. It debuts on US broadcast net CBS a few days earlier on October 26 in an 8.30pm slot. Supergirl follows the adventures of […]

Downton prodco, Stan Lee making Sky drama

UK pay TV operator Sky has commissioned Lucky Man, a ten-part supernatural cop drama from comic book writer Stan Lee and the producer of Downton Abbey. The series stars James Nesbitt (The Missing) as a down on his luck Murder Squad detective who is given a charm that confers upon the wearer the ability to […]